MUMBAI: Work on the flyover connecting Eastern Express Highway and BKC is about to enter a crucial phase as the Mumbai Metropolitan Region Development Authority (MMRDA) may launch girders above the tracks near Sion and Chunabhatti stations this weekend. “We have received approval to block the railway line but the timings are still being worked out,” an MMRDA official said. “It may happen post-midnight and go on till morning.”
A CR official said there would not be a major impact on the suburban and other services as the block timings would more or less coincide with the period when suburban trains do not operate.
Traffic on the Eastern Express Highway and Lal Bahadur Shastri Marg between Kurla and Sion is expected to ease once the bridge is commissioned for traffic.
Apart from the ensuring faster road connectivity between BKC and Eastern Express Highway, the project will also ease traffic on the Sion-Dharavi Link Road and Santacruz-Chembur Link Road (SCLR). Both these links are used by the motorist to reach BKC or Western Express Highway.
The connector will originate from G Block in in Bandra-Kurla complex near the MMRDA building and culminate near Somaiya Grounds, before the Sion flyover, at the Eastern Express Highway.
The project was scheduled to be completed by December last year but CM Devendra Fadnavis, after a review, had announced it would be completed by March.
“The bridge will now be commissioned only by June or July as there was delay in approvals from the railways,” an official said.
Originally, the cost of the project was an estimated Rs 261 crore and it was revised to Rs 203 crore following changes in design.
The MMRDA had thought of a cable–stayed bridge above the Mithi river. The bridge above the Mithi will be 230 metres in length, while the rail over-bridges will be 50 metres long.
The MMRDA said the commissioning of the conector would ease traffic on the heavily congested SCLR, besides taking some traffic off the Sion-Dharavi Link Road.